WARWICK Bandidos Motorcycle Club identity Darrell Vincent Cross will take the stand today to defend the charges against him of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and serious assault of a police officer, even though three witnesses have testified they saw him deliberately target the officer.
The 47-year-old’s family again supported him from the public gallery of the Brisbane District Court yesterday, with only his female relatives temporarily absent due to an apparent retail therapy trip.
The Crown Public Prosecutor called seven witnesses to the stand to testify against him.
Cross pleaded not guilty to the two charges against him which the court heard stemmed from an incident where Oxley District Police Traffic Branch officers had conducted routine traffic speed radar traps at Moorooka on April 23 last year.
The Public Prosecutor said the three Oxley District Police Traffic Branch officers who worked the intersection of Ipswich Road and Colebrook Avenue that day noticed Cross due to his excessive speed and the distinctive “noisy” Fatboy Harley Davidson motorcycle he was perched on.
“The black motorbike was driven by the defendant and was caught at a speed of 82kmh in a 60kmh zone,” the prosecutor said.
“He was signalled to pull over. He seemed quite agitated, red in the face and angry to be pulled over.”
The court heard Cross was repeatedly told to “pull over”, finally resting his Fatboy, where he was indicated to Colebrook Avenue to wait for the officers.
“He’s revved the engine... turned the corner... struck the police officer where in the struggle he’s held on to (Cross’) arm... the accused has elbowed the police officer saying, ‘get the f--- off me; get the f--- off me,” the prosecutor said.
First to take the stand was Oxley District Police Traffic Branch Senior Constable Conrad Greenwood who stated he had received arm, abdomen and groin injuries, which resulted from the altercation with Cross and forced him to take one week off duties.
“I indicated stop and pull over (with hand/arm gestures accompanied with voice command)... he’s stared straight at me revving the engine,” Snr Const Greenwood said.
“He’s just accelerated heavily toward me from about three metres away.”
The officer recalled with clarity how he tried to move away from the approaching motorbike but was forced to grab Cross’ arm when he came in contact with the handlebars in an attempt to avoid the 300kg Fatboy smashing him to the bitumen.
Cross’ defence barrister told the court Snr Const Greenwood had prejudice views of the bikie due to his appearance and one of Oxley District Police officers had a “heavy Indian accent” making him difficult to understand.
Snr Const Greenwood said at no time had he “run” or “thrown” himself at Cross as the defence barrister council suggested.
“You saw him, tattoos all over him, beard... tank top (Jackie Howe) on, earrings. You could have seen from 50m away he was a bikie,” the defence barrister said.
Snr Const Green said he could not see Cross’ earring due his helmet and was “looking at the rider and the bike”.
The Crown Public Prosecutor also called upon another Oxley District Police officer and a civilian to the stand who both testified Snr Const did not “run” or “throw” himself at the approaching Cross.
The final witness was a Queensland Police Service vehicle inspection officer who deemed the Fatboy a “relatively new bike in good condition with only about 1800km on it”.
Cross will take the stand about 9.30am today during the final stage of the trial procedure.